I am not a fervent Royalist - in fact I rarely think about the issue - but I do however admire Her Majesty the Queen for the way she conducts herself in so many areas of her life.
I am just old enough to remember the death of George V, the 'scandal' of Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson, and the coronation of George VI, so I go back a long way in all things royal.
In so many ways the Royal Family are privileged and yet there are also so many areas in which their lives are restricted by protocol. They are always in the public eye whether they like it or not and every tiny slip-up is reported.
As she walked out into the grounds of Windsor Castle yesterday afternoon I couldn't help thinking that she began to look like an old lady. Yes, I know she is ninety today, but by golly doesn't she carry her age well and just keep going.
So Happy Birthday Your Majesty. I hope you have a lovely day.
And I wouldn't mind a slice of that super cake that Nadiya (Bake off) is baking this morning especially for the big day. Hope it turns out to perfection.